Rita Kirkman PSA , our judge for the April Get Dusty Competition has made her decision:

The winner is Motti Shoval with "Crams". Congratulations! Motti receives a gift voucher.

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In second place is Jeremy Lee Mun Loong with "Circle of life"in third place is Yael Maimon with "Kittens".

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This month, we want to see a veritable 'nature morte'. Set up a natural still life with stones, wood, dry leaves or seashells. Your entry should contain no man-made objects and no freshly cut flowers or leaves, unless in a very minor, supporting role.

As usual, every member may enter up to two paintings. The deadline is May, 25, 2021. 

Please do not forget to mention the size of your work and the author of your reference photo if you didn't work from 'life'.


The PGE board wishes you all a wonderful spring with this lovely bouquet by our member Vera Kavura.



American pastel artist Rita Kirkman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988. Meanwhile, in 1986 she began a 12 year career sketching quick portraits at amusement parks, and in 1988 she began a business drawing detailed pencil portraits from client photos.

Since 2003, Kirkman has improved her own style and technique with pastel through independent study and workshops with renowned artists each year. This effort has been consistently rewarded with major awards in national and international competitions. Her work has been featured in the Pastel Journal and the Pratique des Arts Spécial Pastel, and published in many others. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a recipient of the Master Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her portraits and paintings are in private collections all over the world.


Gareth Jones, our judge for the March Get Dusty Competition has made his decision:

The winner is Svenja Starke with "Cold and Damp". Congratulations! Svenja receives a material prize from our sponsor Pastellshop.de.Postage and packaging are included in the prize.

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In second place is Joelle Stordeur with "La pointe du Brouis"in third place is Martina Zingler with "Shallow".

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